Simon Mayer (Vienna)


03.11. 8.30 pm - 9.30 pm

04.11. 8.30 pm - 9.30 pm

Gasteig Carl-Orff-Saal


Entrance € 12 | Reduced € 7


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No language skills required


Two violins, a double bass, and an accordion – Simon Mayer and his co-performers are not only trained dancers, they are also outstanding musicians. SONS OF SISSY starts off with straightforward traditional Upper Austrian folk dancing and Alpine sounds. But this homey cosmos will be deconstructed with relish over the course of the evening by this wacky quartet. The music disintegrates into its individual parts, the counterclockwise circular motion becomes independent, increasingly recalling ritualistic practices. The »Sons of Sissy,« with a sharpened sociological perspective and their experiences as contemporary performers with Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker and Wim Vandekey, pick to pieces the traditional male roles in folk customs.


Idea, choreography and music Simon Mayer Performance and music Matteo Haitzmann, Patric Redl and Manuel Wagner Sound boxes and special instruments Hans Tschiritsch Stage and costume design Andrea Simeon Light Hannes Ruschbaschan, Martin Walitza Sound Rene Ringo Grömer Artistic advisor Frans Poelstra Production Sophie Schmeiser and Elisabeth Hirner


Simon Mayer, performer, dancer, choreographer, and musician (b. 1984 in Austria), studied at the Wiener Staatsballett school, at the Performing Arts, Research and Training Studios (PARTS) in Brussels, and he was a member of the Wiener Staatsballett. In 2009 he founded his band Rising halfmoon as singer, guitarist, and songwriter. As a dancer, choreographer, and musician he performed in, among others, productions by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker/ROSAS (THE SONG); Wim Vandekeybus (FRISKING); and Zita Swoon. His choreographic repertoire includes solos, duos, and ensemble pieces that have been performed internationally. Simon Mayer was artist-in-residence at Theatre de LL in Brussels, and he is the artistic director of the SPIEL festival, which he initiated together with his brothers and the association m-arts.


Production and realization
Production A coproduction of Kopf hoch, brut Wien, Gessnerallee Zurich, zeitraumexit Mannheim and Tanz ist Dornbirn. With friendly support of the cultural department of the city of Vienna, the Austrian Bundeskanzleramt art and culture, Kulturland Oberösterreich, Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Pianofabriek Brüssel, WP Zimmer Antwerpen, im flieger, art and culture association SPIEL. Thanks to Simon Zöchbauer, Julian Rubisch, ALMA (Marlene Lacherstorfer, Julia Lacherstorfer, Evelyn Mair, Marie-Theres Stickler), Godi Burgstaller, Chris Standfest, Andrea Amort, Munderfinger Goaßlschnalzer, Altstädter Bauerngmoa, Pramtaler Volkstanzgruppe and Elio Gervasi/Raum 33